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Rock, Pop, Or Modern Songs Containing Harpsichord

Discussion in 'Recordings [BG]' started by StudioStuntz, Apr 25, 2018.


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  1. StudioStuntz

    StudioStuntz

    Jul 19, 2015
    What I'm looking for are recordings with real harpsichord, no sound-alikes/feels like, and from bonafide contracted artists, not YouTubers doing their cover version of a hit song, but adding an actual harpsichord to it.






     
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  2. StudioStuntz

    StudioStuntz

    Jul 19, 2015
    Here’s two, one with mostly one upbeat, the other, not so much:



    Ross Bagdasarian (of Alvin & The Chipmunks fame) co-wrote it along with his cousin Pulitzer Prize winning author William Saroyan along with a nasty-sounding middle-eight played by Stan Freeman.

    Although it became her biggest hit, Clooney (George’s aunt), hated the song and was forced to sing it or else be fired:

     
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  3. Bob_Ross

    Bob_Ross Supporting Member

    Dec 29, 2012


    Harpsichord enters at 3:15 ...and exits not too long after. But those ~15 seconds are sublime!
     
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  4. buldog5151bass

    buldog5151bass Kibble, milkbones, and P Basses. And redheads.

    Oct 22, 2003
    Connecticut
     
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  5. derrico1

    derrico1 Supporting Member

    Apr 12, 2005
    Charlottesville, VA
    Beastie Boys, The Move
    The Beatles, "In My Life" , alt take, b/c Beatles
    Eminem's "Slim Shady" has a harpsicord line (but played on a synth) cleaned version, w/a nod to TB
    clavinet on Van Morrison's "Everyone," if you're just looking for songs you could play on harpsicord

    Similarly, Aerosmith's "Dream On" has Tyler credited w/ electric harpsicord
     
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  6. StudioStuntz

    StudioStuntz

    Jul 19, 2015
    Indeed they are.
    I never heard that track before. Nice one.

    Van Morrison's 'Yesterday' does utilize a harpsichord

    Although Dream On does mention a harpsichord, I never heard it on the actual studio recording that was released.

    Your Beastie and Morrison entries were exactly what I was seeking, thanks for posting them.
     
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  7. Bob_Ross

    Bob_Ross Supporting Member

    Dec 29, 2012
    John Tout of Renaissance always managed to squeeze some tasty harpsichord playing onto their records:

    "I Think Of You" (harpsichord enters at 1:50)


    "The Vultures Fly High"


    "The Black Flame" (harpsichord enters at 2:16)
     
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  8. JimK

    JimK

    Dec 12, 1999
    "Siberian Khatru"
    That is one of Yes' best rockers.
    Indulge yourself (if you haven't already)...listen to the entire Close To The Edge album.
     
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  9. JimK

    JimK

    Dec 12, 1999
    Two popped into my head-
    "Thick As A Brick" (somewhere in there)- Jethro Tull

    "All Of Your Toys"- The Monkees
    (but I'm not 100% on that).
     
  10. G-Z

    G-Z My other account is a Supporting Member

    Apr 13, 2018
    Straya


    The Stranglers - Golden Brown
     
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  11. jchrisk1

    jchrisk1

    Nov 15, 2009
    Northern MI
    The only one I know. Burning of the Midnight Lamp.

     
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    elgecko

    Apr 30, 2007
    Anasleim, CA
     
  13. StudioStuntz

    StudioStuntz

    Jul 19, 2015
    Played by keyboardist Brian Auger who after the session proclaimed "Who in their right mind is going to buy a pop single with harpsichord on it?”




    I linked the backing track by the Funk Brothers as you can hear the harpsichord better plus, the track rocks:




    For years I thought the bass was played by Joe Osborn, but it was fellow Wrecking Crew keyboardist Larry Knechtel:






    Thanks all for all the obscure deep tracks/album cuts being submitted, as you'll note mine are more in the top 40-ish vein.
     
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  14. OldDog52

    OldDog52 Gold Supporting Member

    Jan 1, 2011
    The intro & outro to the 19 minute Revelation by Love is harpsichord. Kind of obscure though.

     
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  15. StudioStuntz

    StudioStuntz

    Jul 19, 2015




    Love that B-3 sound:






     
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